Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople to his Friend in London; Giving an Account of the Largeness and Extent of that City; its Palaces, Mosques, and the Musselmen; their Priests, how they go up to the Balconies, of the Steeples of their Mosques, and cry and invite the People to come to Prayers, and what they say; the Seraglio, Hippodrome, Bussara, Serpentine Column, Obelisques, and other curious Monuments of Antiquity. CONSTANTINOPLE.
Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople to his Friend in London; Giving an Account of the Largeness and Extent of that City; its Palaces, Mosques, and the Musselmen; their Priests, how they go up to the Balconies, of the Steeples of their Mosques, and cry and invite the People to come to Prayers, and what they say; the Seraglio, Hippodrome, Bussara, Serpentine Column, Obelisques, and other curious Monuments of Antiquity

Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople to his Friend in London; Giving an Account of the Largeness and Extent of that City; its Palaces, Mosques, and the Musselmen; their Priests, how they go up to the Balconies, of the Steeples of their Mosques, and cry and invite the People to come to Prayers, and what they say; the Seraglio, Hippodrome, Bussara, Serpentine Column, Obelisques, and other curious Monuments of Antiquity

London: Printed for George Spavan, 1735. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 4.625 x 7.125 inches. [2 blanks], 86, [2 blanks] pp. A British account of 18th-century Constantinople by an anonymous author, "a gentleman" from the retinue of George Hay, the 8th Earl of Kinnoul, British ambassador to Constantinople, 1729-1737. Title page professionally reinforced at an early date. Very good. Rebound in red textured cloth, titled in gilt on spine with gilt monogram to upper cover, all edges gilt. Classical archaeologist Henry Schroder Robinson's copy, with his ex libris label affixed to front pastedown; inscribed to Robinson on front free endpaper, "To Henry / the Bibliophile / as a token of appreciation / from / The Gennadius Library / June 30, 1969". Text bright and unmarked, binding square and tight. Item #33146

Very scarce, with three copies appearing in libraries worldwide (OCLC) and no auction records. The Gennadius Library is located within the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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